What is mf_watch.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the mf_watch.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Mf_watch.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with mf_watch
Mf_watch.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as mf_watch.exe belongs to software MediaFire Desktop by MediaFire.

Description: Mf_watch.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file mf_watch.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder (common is C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\MediaFire Desktop\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,025,856 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 4,003,840 bytes and 6 more variants. 
The mf_watch.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). The file is not a Windows system file. The mf_watch.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The program is not visible. Mf_watch.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You may want to do the following:
  • search the support area on the Mediafire website
  • uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > MediaFire Desktop)

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as mf_watch.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the mf_watch.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Best practices for resolving mf_watch issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with mf_watch. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the mf_watch.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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